Individual Author Record
Name: Jonathan EigPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: 1964 in Brooklyn, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionEig has lived in Chicago since the early eighties.
Biographical and Professional InformationJonathan Eig is the founder and editor-in-chief of ChicagoSideSports.com, dedicated to delivering high-quality sports journalism. He is a former writer and editor for the Chicago Bureau of The Wall Street Journal and former executive editor of Chicago magazine. In addition to writing three books, Eig has taught writing at Columgia College in Chicago and lectures at Northwestern.
- Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Jake Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2006
- Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, Simon & Schuster, 2008
- Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster, Simon & Schuster, 2010
Titles At Your Library
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
ISBN: 0743268938 Simon & Schuster. 2006 Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend -- the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrig's life was more complicated -- and, perhaps, even more heroic -- than anyone really knew.
Drawing on new interviews and more than two hundred pages of previously unpublished letters to and from Gehrig, Luckiest Man gives us an intimate portrait of the man who became an American hero: his life as a shy and awkward youth growing up in New York City, his unlikely friendship with Babe Ruth (a friendship that allegedly ended over rumors that Ruth had had an affair with Gehrig's wife), and his stellar career with the Yankees, where his consecutive-games streak stood for more than half a century. What was not previously known, however, is that symptoms of Gehrig's affliction began appearing in 1938, earlier than is commonly acknowledged. Later, aware that he was dying, Gehrig exhibited a perseverance that was truly inspiringhe lived the last two years of his short life with the same grace and dignity with which he gave his now-famous "luckiest man" speech.
Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Jonathan Eig's Luckiest Man shows us one of the greatest baseball players of all time as we've never seen him before.
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
ISBN: 0743294610 Simon & Schuster. 2008 Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster
ISBN: 141658059X Simon & Schuster. 2010 Drawing on thousands of pages of recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone’s handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation’s most notorious criminal in rich new detail.
From the moment he arrived in Chicago in 1920, Capone found himself in a world of limitless opportunity. He was an impetuous, affable young man of average intelligence, ill prepared for fame and fortune, whose most notable characteristic was his scarred left cheek. Yet within a few years, Capone controlled an illegal bootlegging business with annual revenue rivaling that of some of the nation’s largest corporations. Along the way he corrupted the Chicago police force and local courts while becoming one of the world’s first international celebrities.
A furious President Herbert Hoover insisted that Capone be brought to justice because the criminal was making a mockery of federal law. Legend credits Eliot Ness and his “Untouchables” with apprehending Capone. But it was the U.S. attorney in Chicago and little-known agents working on direct orders from the White House who compromised their ethics—and risked their lives—to get their man.
The most infamous crime attributed to Capone was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, a crime that Capone insisted he didn’t commit. Using newly discovered FBI records, Eig offers a surprising explanation for the murders.
Get Capone explores every aspect of the man called “Scarface,” paying particular attention to the myths that have for so long surrounded and obscured him. Capone emerges as a worldly, emotionally complex man, doomed as much by his ego as by his vicious criminality. This is the real Al Capone.